Various Artists – Max’s Kansas City New York New Wave – C.B.S. Records 1978

Wayne County – Max’s Kansas City 1976 / The Fast – Boys Will Be Boys / Harry Toledo – Knots / Pere Ubu – Final Solution

Cherry Vanilla – Shake Your Ashes / Wayne County – Cream In My Jeans / The Fast – Wow Pow Bash Crash / Wayne County – Flip Your Wig / John Collins Band – The Man In Me / Suicide – Suicide Rocket U.S.A


Great LP originally released on Ram Records in 1976 at the height of the new wave scene in New York. All these tracks are from bands associated with New York’s famous Max’s Kansas City Club during the mid 1970’s, but sadly missing out Patti Smith, Blondie, The Ramones and The Talking Heads. Never mind this LP is still a great listen, The Fast and Wayne County tracks are as decadent as one might expect, be warned though, the John Collins Band track is absolutely awful! Well maybe that is a bit harsh. In the context of a single track it is alright, but on this LP is does not fit well. Sounds more like Marillion than New York mid 1970’s new wave. 

This club has been New York’s club to be ‘seen in’ for many decades and most of the bands and people ‘to know’ in the music biz have past through the club at one time or another including the delightful Debbie Harry from Blondie, below, and Andy Warhol above…

  1. Jah Pork Pie
    Jah Pork Pie
    May 8, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Only thing I remember about Wayne/Jayne County was a small scar underneath my girlfriend (at the time) Mitzi’s nose.

    She’s gone along to see him (Lyceum I think) and some of the crowd were less than tolerant of his gender reassignment plans and started cat-calling. Mitzi, being a good socialist, was really upset by this and started trying to stop them shouting at the stage.

    It got to a point where one of the idiots in the crowd threw a full can of lager at County, only just missing. County then picked up said full beercan, and with unerring accuracy and deadly nerve, managed to pick out Mitzi’s nose from 15 yards away, and lifting the end of it nearly clean off. Off to St Mary’s she went!

    There is a moral to most stories, but I can’t figure out what the moral of this one is for the life of me.

  2. Phil
    June 6, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Oh dear poor Mitzi! I remember that. But forgot that you used to date each other till now. Ms County was in the habit ot fighting back at her gigs. I remember once her impaleing this skinheads hand with her silletto when he tried to pull out her microphone lead

  3. Phil
    June 7, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Pork >your right it was at the Lyceum, and it was the U.K. Subs/Electric Chairs.

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